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Rome: The Eternal City

Program Number: 19688RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/29/2013 - 10/7/2013; 9/21/2014 - 9/29/2014; 9/28/2014 - 10/6/2014; 10/19/2014 - 10/27/2014; 11/2/2014 - 11/10/2014; 3/22/2015 - 3/30/2015; 4/12/2015 - 4/20/2015; 5/3/2015 - 5/11/2015; 5/17/2015 - 5/25/2015; 6/7/2015 - 6/15/2015; 9/13/2015 - 9/21/2015; 9/27/2015 - 10/5/2015; 10/4/2015 - 10/12/2015; 10/18/2015 - 10/26/2015; 11/1/2015 - 11/9/2015; 11/8/2015 - 11/16/2015;
Duration: 8 nights
Location: Italy
Price starting at: $2,787.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type:
Meals: 17; 7 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Rome is famously built on seven hills (which you will explore during this program), but the heights reached by its art, architecture and influence are much higher than its summits. Venture beyond the popular icons of Rome to seek out its hidden treasures with local experts who lead you to enlightening experiences without the crowds. Captivating lectures and illustrated presentations delve into the Eternal City from before Caesar to modern Roman identity.




Highlights

• Witness great masterpieces at the Vatican Museums, the Sistine Chapel and the Galleria Borghese.
• Examine stunning frescoes, mosaics and sculptures in buildings such as: Basilica of St. Mary Major, a 3rd c. Roman house, Capitoline museum.
• Local experts illuminate the history of Rome through lively presentations on topics like the art of Michelangelo and Bernini.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day; some uneven terrain and cobblestone streets. There may be extended periods of standing for expert explanations at historic sites.




Date Specific Information

9-29-2013, 10-19-2014, 3-22-2015, 4-12-2015, 5-3-2015, 5-17-2015, 6-7-2015, 9-13-2015, 9-27-2015, 10-4-2015, 10-18-2015

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9-21-2014

This departure date does not have the special off-hour visit to the Sistine Chapel and Stanze of Raphael.
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9-28-2014

Enjoy an exclusive off-hour field trip to the Vatican Museums to experience the Stanze of Raphael and to admire the frescoes by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel. Enhanced on-site lecture by experts will illuminate the artistry of these masters of the Renaissance. Increase in program cost reflects the higher price for the off-hour entrance reservation.
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11-2-2014

Enjoy an exclusive off-hour field trip to the Vatican Museums to experience the Stanze of Raphael and to admire the frescoes by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel. Enhanced on-site lecture by experts will illuminate the artistry of these masters of the Renaissance. Increase in program cost reflects the higher price for the off-hour entrance reservation.
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11-1-2015

Save money (off season hotel pricing) and time (less crowded museums.)
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11-8-2015

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Itinerary Summary

Arrival Rome, 7 nights; departure.



Overnight flight from the U.S.A.
1 night
Arrival Rome
7 nights
Departure

Delve into the history of Ancient Rome through an expert lecture then explore Palatine Hill, the Roman Forum and the Colosseum. Discover Aventine Hill and the Circus Maximus then continue to Capitoline Hill and the Capitoline Museum to view many of the priceless Roman artifacts in its collection. With reserved entrances to the Borghese Gallery and the Vatican Museums, inspect some of the world’s greatest masterpieces. Explore residential life in two unique parts of Rome, the Tiber Island and the Roman Jewish Ghetto. Walk through the picturesque Trastevere district and enjoy dinner in a neighborhood trattoria.




Italy

“Dolce far niente,” the “sweetness of doing nothing.” This ode to leisure is a distinctly Italian phrase, and yet the expression does not do justice to the hard-work ethos of the nation’s inhabitants. The monuments, art and civilization bequeathed to the people of modern Italy are a testament to the industry of their forebearers, and the legacy lives on in today’s Italians, who work hard to better enjoy the sweetness of repose.



Accommodations
Four-star hotel within walking distance to Piazza Venezia, Forum and Trevi Fountain.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Pauline Fry

Pauline Fry is an associate professor of English at the Rome campus of the University of Maryland University College. With two bachelor’s degrees from the University of Oregon and a master’s in modern literature from Kent State, Pauline has helped develop field-study courses across Europe on the relationship between cities and the works by British and American writers they inspire. A lecturer since 1990, Fry enjoys learning from her Road Scholar participants about their own varied backgrounds.
 
Antonella De Michelis

Dr. Antonella De Michelis earned her degrees from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver and the Courtauld Instite of Art, London. Her research has elucidated urban planning and public housing, from the Roman Era to modern-day Rome, including “Civis romanus sum: The self-conscious Romanita of the Garbatella” and numerous other publications. Dr. De Michelis lectures on urban planning past and present across Europe and the Americas, and teaches students from several American universities.
 
Elisabetta Interdonato

Dr. Elisabetta Interdonato is a native Roman who earned her doctorate in classical archaeology at the University of Rome "La Sapienza." She did further post-doctoral studies at the University of Basilicata and at the Universite' de Haute Bretagne where she also taught as a visiting professor. She currently teaches at the Pantheon Institute. In addition to her teaching, she enjoys leading visitors on explorations of Rome.
 
Paolo Alei

Dr. Paolo Alei is an art historian with a specialization and publications on Renaissance and Baroque art in Rome and also in Venice. However, this does not mean that he has neglected Classical art, another of his passions. He earned his M.A. from Columbia University in art history and archaeology. Paolo teaches full time at the University of California System Rome program, and enjoys Italian cinema from the Neorealism period through the 70’s.
 
Rachel Potts

Rachel Potts is a licensed excursion leader in Rome. She graduated from Manchester University (UK) with a bachelor's in philosophy and French, and later studied garden design at the London Gardening School. Having grown up in Rome, she chose to return to Italy and share her knowledge and love of Rome and surrounding areas.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel Pace Helvezia
  Rome, Italy 7 nights
 Hotel Pace Helvezia
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: The hotel is situated near Piazza Venezia in the center of Rome, well within walking distance of the Forum, Colosseum, monument to Victor Emanuel, and Trevi Fountain. The terrace lounge with panoramic views of the city is open from late spring to late autumn.
  Contact info: Via 4 Novembre, 104
Rome,  00187 Italy
phone: +39 06 679 5105
web: www.hotelpacehelveziaroma.it
  Room amenities: All rooms have private bathroom, writing desk. Individual control heat/air conditioning, satellite TV, room safe, mini bar, hair dryer. Free Wi-Fi.
  Facility amenities: Reception desk is open 24 hours. Enjoy a coffee or drink at the lounge bar in the lobby. Open air terrace coffee bar/lounge is open when the weather warms up. Free Wi-Fi throughout the facility. Laundry service available.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: varies by season To book additional nights at the hotel, email Lavinia Tour, Trinity College’s partnering agency in Rome, info.reserv@laviniatour.it. Another option is to book directly through the hotel’s online reservation system www.hotelpacehelveziaroma.it. Indicate to the hotel or agency at the time of your booking that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room assignment
  Check in time: 1:00 PM
  Additional nights after: varies by season To book additional nights at the hotel, email Lavinia Tour, Trinity College’s partnering agency in Rome, info.reserv@laviniatour.it. Another option is to book directly through the hotel’s online reservation system www.hotelpacehelveziaroma.it. Indicate to the hotel or agency at the time of your booking that you are with the Road Scholar group and every effort will be made to ensure continuity of room assignment
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Lunch provided for morning arrivals. Hotel check in 1:00 pm. Meet in the lobby at 4 pm for Orientation. You will be staying at Hotel Pace Helvezia that night.
  End of Program:
After breakfast, transfers to airport. Hotel check out by 11 am. You will be staying at Hotel Pace Helvezia the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: Trains come to the Rome station from all over Europe and Italy. From the main train station, Roma Termini, the best way to arrive at the hotel is by taxi (about EUR 15).
To Start of Program
  Location:  Rome
  Nearest city or town:  Rome
  Nearest highway: A1
  Nearest airport:  Leonardo da Vinci - Fiumicino
  Transportation to site: To reach the program site on your own: From Rome Fiumicino Airport trains depart twice an hour for Roma Termini, the main train station. The line is called "Leonardo Express." Purchase tickets at the station attached to the airport terminal. Fare is EUR 14 pp. From Roma Termini take a taxi to the hotel - fare not more than EUR 15. Taxi fare direct from the airport to the hotel is set by the city of Rome at EUR 48. Max. 4 persons to a taxi. Share a ride shuttle service can be booked at www.rome.airport-shuttle.com. You can also contact the Hotel Pace Helvezia for a private car and driver at competitive prices.
  From End of Program
  Location: Rome
  Transportation from site: To reach the airport on your own the hotel can arrange a private car and driver at a competitive price or you can take public transportation, starting with a taxi (fare EUR 15) to Roma Termini, the main train station. The Leonardo Express line trains depart twice an hour for Fiumicino Airport. Purchase tickets at the train station ticket windows or automated machines. Fare is EUR 14 pp. Taxi fare direct from the airport to the hotel is set at EUR 48. Max. 4 persons to a taxi. Share a ride shuttle service can be booked at www.rome.airport-shuttle.com. The hotel can also arrange a car and driver.
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Departure from points in North America
(Sunday, September 29)

Note: Suggest sleeping on the plane; makes adjusting to jet lag easier if you remain awake on arrival day and go to bed early.



   
 In Transit: Overnight flight crossing the Atlantic Ocean with arrivals the following day.

Day 2: Orientation \ Welcome Reception \ Neighborhood Walk
(Monday, September 30)

Note: Transfer to the hotel for check-in. Minimal exertion.



   
 Arrive To: Arrival at hotel in Rome. As we wait for all program participants to arrive, feel free to explore the area of the hotel (Piazza Venezia, Trevi Fountain)
 Lunch: Lunch served buffet style at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: At the orientation meeting, the group leader distributes the most updated and detailed program schedule and goes over logistics. The session is followed by a neighborhood walk pointing out the location of ATMs, pharmacies, grocery stores, and nearby attractions.
 Dinner: Prior to dinner gather at the appointed time for a welcome reception to meet your fellow adventurers. The meal will be taken at a local restaurant.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Pace Helvezia
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Roman History \ Palatine Hill \ Forum and Colosseum
(Tuesday, October 1)

Note: Walking on uneven cobblestone paths and a low hill requires stamina for a one and a half hour outing. To reach the upper level of the Colosseum there is an elevator. Feel free to take the stairs for a more authentic experience. The entrance fee to the Palatine, Forum and Colosseum is all inclusive, so this field trip takes place during a half day. The visit is typically divided by lunch at a local restaurant, to allow some rest time.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel restaurant.
 Morning: An illustrated lecture on The History of Ancient Rome leads you from its foundation as a small village to its supremacy which lasted nearly 1000 years. Many of the ancient structures and institutions continue to the present. Expert-led visit to the Colosseum for reserved entrance time.
 Lunch: Lunch at Ristorante Cleto near the Colosseum.
 Afternoon: Expert-led visit continues to the Palatine Hill and Roman Forum. The word "palatial" is related to the Palatine, because wealthy leaders of Rome built their palaces there. Visit the Imperial palaces and the museum which shows evidence of the post holes used by the earliest settlers for dwelling huts. From the southern ledge (unless otherwise restricted), peer down to the Circus Maximus and over to the Aventine Hill. Descend and continue walking in the Roman Forum, the civic, religious and political hub of ancient Rome. The expert will build mental pictures of the walls now lacking from the foundations. See the two remaining arches, that of Septemius Severus and of Titus. The Arch of Constantine contains friezes and bas-relief sculptures recycled from other arches and monuments.
 Dinner: Dinner at a trattoria near the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Pace Helvezia
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Aventine and Capitoline Hills \ Renaissance and Baroque Art
(Wednesday, October 2)

Note: Pretty taxing, the two mile walk includes ascent of two low hills and visit through two branches of the Capitoline Museum. Staircase to reach the upper level of the museum and panoramic terrace.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Coach to the Aventine. According to traditions the hill was Remus' homestead. Enjoy a panoramic view of the city from the Orange Garden where plants descendent from those brought by S. Dominic in the 1200s still bloom and produce fruit. Coach to the Quirinal to the church where Bernini's statue of the Ecstasy of St. Theresa adorns the Cornaro chapel. The walk on the Quirinal continues to two small but stunning churches designed by noted Baroque architects - Borromini's S. Carlo and Bernini's S. Andrea al Quirinale.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own to sample some local cuisine. Suggestions will be indicated.
 Afternoon: Capitoline Hill and Museum. The expert will comment on major pieces in the collection; The Etruscan She Wolf with the Renaissance addition of Romulus and Remus; the equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius and the foundations of the temple of Jupiter Capitolinus. Cross to the other wing of the museum through the Tabularium, ancient Rome's archives. There is a commanding view of the Forum from that vantage point. Ascend at the Braccio Nuovo or new wing, this is home to the statues "Dying Gaul" and "Capitoline Venus". Return to the hotel for a late afternoon lecture on Michelangelo and the Art of the Sistine Chapel, in preparation for next day's visit.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant to enjoy Roman cuisine.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Pace Helvezia
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 5: Vatican Museums \ S. Peter's Basilica \ Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain
(Thursday, October 3)

Note: Ability to climb a few flights of stairs; the Museums are very crowded, little opportunity to sit and rest until in the Sistine Chapel. After lunch, less than a mile walk back to the hotel.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Board coach for Vatican Museums, reserved entrance. Over 18,000 people visit each day, expect crowds. The Vatican Museums is comprised of a number of collections: Egypt and Mesopotamia; Greek, Etruscan, Rome; a picture gallery. There are unannounced closings of galleries, so our expert will maximize the time and discuss the most significant pieces available. Michelangelo's frescoes on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, with scenes from the book of Genesis and the Last Judgment behind the main altar are the main attraction. From the Sistine Chapel, the guide will lead the group through the back door down to the Basilica of St. Peter. In a side chapel, behind a protective glass, you can see the famous Pieta', Michelangelo's early work and only piece he signed. Above the altar stands Bernini's Baldacchino or canopy; it is over 100 feet high. There are countless historical references and events associated with this Basilica, once the largest in the world. Stepping our onto the front porch, you will admire the colonnade designed by Bernini.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: After lunch the expert leads a walk of discovery to the Spanish Steps, past Bernini's palace and on to the Trevi Fountain. Built to commemorate the restored aqueduct that brought water into Rome, the central figure of Neptune, god of the waters rides a conch shell and two Tritons hold bridled sea horses, one representing the calm seas, the other stormy seas. The famous scene from Fellini's La Dolce Vita was filmed there as well as Three Coins in a Fountain. Short walk to hotel.
 Dinner: Dine at a restaurant of your choosing to try local specialties.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Pace Helvezia
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Esquiline, Viminal and Caelian Hills \ Piazza Navona and Pantheon \ Explore Trastevere
(Friday, October 4)

Note: Walks to the various sites are not too taxing. Nearest drop off points for the coach will require walking a few blocks.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Coach to the Esquiline Hill to the site of first church built in honor of Mary. There are mosaics from the 5th to the 12th century. The coffered ceiling was decorated with gold leaf from the Americas. Bernini is buried near the main altar. Coach to the Viminal Hill to see Michelangelo's statue of Moses, part of the grandiose vision Pope Julius II had intended for his monument in S. Peter's (where he is actually buried). Coach to the Caelian Hill where excavations have revealed a 2nd-3rd c. CE Roman house. During the visit, the expert will offer interpretations suggested for the owners. Do the frescoes indicate pagan themes or early Christian themes? Still up for debate. Coach to the drop off point nearest Piazza Navona.
 Lunch: Lunch at a restaurant near Piazza Navona and the Pantheon.
 Afternoon: After lunch an expert visit to Piazza Navona, once the "Agones" built by the Emperor Domitian (81-96) for track and field games, the stadium was a long oval. The buildings lining the piazza have the footprint of the bleachers. Now the quintessential Baroque piazza, it is home to artists and performers. Bernini's statue of the Four Rivers sits in the middle and Borromini's church of St. Agnes is on the west side. Cross the street toward the Pantheon, the temple/celestial observatory engineered by the Emperor Hadrian around 122 CE. The niches along the interior perimeter are illuminated by the sun at different times of the year and day. King Vittorio Emanuele II, his wife and son are buried there. The painter Raphael's tomb lines the far most left niche from the main entrance. The interior forms a sphere 142 feet in diameter and the oculus (opening in the roof) is 29 feet across.
 Dinner: Late afternoon exploration of the Tiber Island and Jewish Ghetto. The area of the Ghetto was where the Jews were confined from the 16th-19th centuries. Cross the river to the Trastevere district for dinner at a characteristic locale. Transportation provided to and from the neighborhood across the Tiber.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Pace Helvezia
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Baroque Music and Caravaggio \ Lecture on Rome's Legacy \
(Saturday, October 5)

Note: These are short walks not far from the hotel and Piazza Venezia.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Some free time before setting out mid morning on foot to Palazzo Doria Pamphilj for a "Baroque Music and Caravaggio" performance in the art gallery.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own.
 Afternoon: Visit Rome's newest and most exciting museum, the Domus Romane, two late empire homes below a Renaissance palace; darkened multi-media presentation. Short walk back to the hotel for a lecture on the Legacy of Rome is designed to pull together what we have learned and experienced.
 Dinner: Dinner at a restaurant facing Trajan's column.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Pace Helvezia
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8: Free Morning \ Borghese Gallery \ Farewell dinner
(Sunday, October 6)

Note: Light day of exertion, depending on your destination during free time. A circular staircase leads to the top floor of the Borghese Gallery.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast buffet at hotel restaurant.
 Morning: Free morning to explore your special destination. Suggestions will be provided. The Papal blessing is offered at noon in St. Peter's Square. Rome's "flee market" is in Trastevere, consult site information. "Caveat Emptor" as the saying goes.
 Lunch: Select a place to have lunch from the many options available.
 Afternoon: Coach to the Galleria Borghese, for an expert-led visit of the collection of art amassed by Cardinal Scipio Borghese, nephew of the Pope Paul V. The villa which houses his collection was used as a retreat and reception hall for dignitaries visiting Rome. A connoisseur of art, he acquired through purchase or intrigue art that he fancied. His most impressive collection of sculptures were done by Bernini when he was in his early 20's. His paintings feature Caravaggio, Titian, Raphael, Botticelli, and others. The museum limits visits to two hours. Return to the hotel with time to pack prior to the farewell dinner.
 Dinner: Enjoy your farewell dinner at a restaurant near the Piazza di Trevi. Do not neglect to stop by the famous fountain and throw the customary coins in as you make your wish to return to the Eternal City.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Pace Helvezia
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9: Departure
(Monday, October 7)

Note: Coach to airport and check in with airline and clear security.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel or packed meal for those that depart early.
 Morning: Transfers to airport.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Rome General Overview
The free time options are numerous; the Church Jubilee of 2000 precipitated the opening of several new attractions, and the re-opening, often after decades of closure, of many more old ones. These include Palazzo Altemps, Palazzo Massimo, Centro Monte Martini, the Golden House of Nero, and the Tomb of Balbo. The Protestant Cemetery where Keats and other notables are buried. Even for seasoned visitors there is now much that is new to see.
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Ancient Rome: Art, Architecture, and History


Author: Ada Gabucci (Editor)


Description: This lively, illustrated survey of Ancient Rome's monuments, history and art is a terrific introduction.



Blue Guide Rome


Author: Alta MacAdam


Description: The 10th edition of Macadam's ultimate guide to Rome, with full color street maps, dozens of site plans, suggested walks and extensive commentary on the history and significance of every church, monument and district.



Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling


Author: Ross King


Description: Presented with flair and backed by a wealth of research, King's captivating chronicle of Michelangelo's painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel tells the story of its conception and creation.



Roman Art and Architecture


Author: Sir Mortimer Eric Wheeler


Description: Sir Mortimer Wheeler describes Roman art, architecture and town planning in this abundantly illustrated book in the World of Art series.



Rome Map


Author: Berndtson & Berndtson


Description: A handy map at a scale of 1:11,000, with a more detailed overview of the city center.



Rome, A Cultural History


Author: Jonathan Boardman


Description: Not a comprehensive history, but a good, easy-to-read introduction to the city and its landmarks that will appeal both to first time visitors and those who know and love the city.



St. Peter's


Author: Keith Miller, Mary Beard (Editor)


Description: Miller traces the evolution of St. Peter's from its original incarnation, built on the orders of Emperor Constantine, to its medieval rebirth and additions by Michelangelo, Bernini, and Maderno in this history, guide and celebration of the great baroque basilica.



The Art of the Renaissance


Author: Peter Murray


Description: A classic, illustrated survey of the world of the Renaissance and its art. With chapters on Florence and its artists, the Netherlands, early illustrated books and many individual artists.



The Colosseum


Author: Keith Hopkins, Mary Beard


Description: This engaging overview of the history of the Colosseum deconstructs Hollywood-perpetrated misconceptions of gladiator-eating lions, Nero fiddling and other myths.



The Italian Renaissance


Author: J. H. Plumb


Description: A well-written history of the Renaissance, its artists and thinkers, with chapters on Florence, Milan, Rome and Venice, Michelangelo, Da Vinci and Women of the Renaissance.



The Oxford Illustrated History of the Roman World


Author: Jasper Griffin (Editor), Oswyn Murray (Editor), John Boardman (Editor)


Description: Diverse scholars contribute chapters to this authoritative, illuminating overview of history, art, society and life of Roman and the Roman world. With maps, drawings and illustrations throughout.



The Seven Hills of Rome, A Geological Tour of the Eternal City


Author: Grant Heiken


Description: With a timeline, chapters on each of the seven hills, Tiber Floodplain and overview of geology, this accessible guide, written by experts in geology, culture and history of Rome, shows the importance of the geological setting to the history of the city over the millennia.



The Smiles of Rome, A Literary Companion for Readers and Travelers


Author: Susan Cahill


Description: A wonderfully inspired anthology featuring excerpts from 29 writers and artists interspersed with practical suggestions for travelers.





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